A CRICKET club has swapped the classic white kit for a black alternative to help girls play with worrying about their periods.
Lewes Priory Cricket Club switched to all-black kit in its junior teams in April as playing in white can be a barrier for girls.
Girls and women have been wearing dark colors since last year – but white again for mixed games. So the decision was made to create a complete kit.
“It seemed like a pretty logical step for a club to switch to one shirt and one color,” said Kevin Ives, the club’s chairman.
“Hard to say but there are many teams that play in color shirts – but whether they have done so for exclusivity reasons by encouraging girls to play mixed cricket – I have not come across that anywhere else in the country.
“It’s more the reason for making it so unique.
“It was very positive. People love to play in kits that look good and make you feel like part of the team – so it resonates with kids and parents for all sorts of reasons.”
Ives said there is a huge increase in girls and women in cricket and that 40 per cent of his club’s members are women.
“What happens is, the older they get, the more they fall away,” he said.
“It’s a much better ratio at the under-10 level – but as they get into their teens it starts to drop.
“That’s one of the main reasons we’re doing it — to help girls navigate their way through their early teens.”
Many different sports where women wear bright jerseys have come into focus recently.
The Telegraph reported that the England women’s soccer team is exploring the idea of swapping white shorts for a darker colour, with player Beth Mead saying: “It’s nice to have a white shirt but it’s not practical when the time comes of the month.”
Activists are also said to be protesting outside of the Wimbledon women’s singles final in support of players calling for the all-white dress code to be scrapped.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20267155.lewes-cricket-club-uses-black-kit-girls-period-worries/?ref=rss Lewes Cricket Club uses black clothing for girls who attend to periods